Leave It to Roll-Oh
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- Digitizing sponsor
- Chevrolet Division, General Motors Corporation
ROLL-OH, THE DOMESTIC ROBOT, IS CONSTRUCTED TO TAKE CARE OF MANY DISAGREEABLE HOUSEHOLD CHORES. SCARES THE MAILMAN. GOOD HUMOROUS GAG FILM.
Ken Smith sez: Roll-Oh is a big, clunky, slow-moving robot -- a "chromium-plated butler" of the future -- and Jam Handy uses him as a metaphor to show how "robots" (such as thermostats and automatic choke controls) make modern driving a breeze. Roll-Oh can light candles with his breath and water plants with his fingertips, even though you know he's only a bunch of cardboard boxes painted silver. Watch for the the demostration of the "Petomat," and the scene where Roll-Oh uses his vacuum feet. More robots in films, please!
CHEVROLET ADVERTISING AUTOMOBILES FANTASY HOUSES DOMESTIC WORKERS HOMES INTERIORS LIVING ROOMS WOMEN MEN APPLIANCES GAGS GADGETS DOORS POSTAL CHAIRS BUTTONS CONTROL PANELS MACHINERY TECHNOLOGY Robots Chevrolet Motor Co. (sponsor) Futurism Humor Surrealism Home economics Housework Women Laziness Double-takes Mailmen Letter carriers Workers (postal) Pets Food (pet) Inventions Gizmos Oddities Doubletalk Buttons Hands (pushing buttons) Vacuum cleaners Candles (lighting) Flowers Fountains (water) Water fountains Children (African American) African Americans (children)
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- United States
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Subject: They had know how. Do we?
in cheek and ya might learn something too. The
nit-picking about the pronounciation of "ROBOT"! as "ROBUT" is the way many Canadians say this word. I can see all the multicultural stuff they've tried to cram into your Yankee heads has'nt done one bit of good. The people of 1940
who this was intended for knew the message was the medium. WOW! all those wonderful appliances
featured in the movie- we would'nt even know how to make one of those in this country any more. Whata pop-up toaster. As for that- writing a fine little shooting script, this too would be out of the question. Look at the stuff on TV or even worse at the movies. Hate to be hard on ya one of
you even put this 73 year old advertising film into a video. And that AMERICAN made pop-up toaster, you can find one like at the GOODWILL THAT STILL WORKS. Nuff said.
Subject: This film used in a new classical music video!
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Subject: Another Great Jam Handy Film!
Subject: Roll-Oh is Fun-Oh to Watch
Subject: A valid way to pronounce "robot"...
Subject: This was the first Jam Handy film i ever saw!
Subject: The "Robit" Film
This "robit" is totally good humor to watch - especially the part where he vacuums up a mess with his foot. The voice is perfect.
This film associates all sorts of now ancient technologies with robot-like qualities. It's a good analogy - and really interesting to see illustrations of the latest technologies of the time - especially the insides of the mechanical car radio - showing the push button mechanisms.
Finally - there is some wierdness and awkward humor with the water fountain scene, in which a little black child is appaently unable to comprehend the electric eye that turns the stream of water on and off. He does it about five times before taking a drink..... This illustrates clearly that much more than the technology has changed since the 1950's!
Subject: Watch out for the "robuts"
Roll-oh is great. They must have had a great number of problems with the furnace, though, since Roll-oh's control panel had a permanent "fix furnace" button. He needs a vocabulary update since he has not evolved past caveman speech.
The only problem with this film is that you think its going in one direction, and then get stuck with looking at car parts for the last half. But, Jam Handy didn't bite the hand that fed it.
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Subject: I want to kill this robot and its manufacturer(s)
This film gets 5 stars for including an African American boy pre-1960 without mentioning his race or implying he's a drug addict.
Subject: Roll-Oh, Robot Prince Charming
Subject: Oh! Roll-Oh!
Subject: Leave it to Roll-Oh
Another interesting part of the film shows a black boy at a wonderous new water fountain. It is ironic at this time that black americans were told that such water fountains were "For Whites Only". If only Roll-Oh could see what we can do now !
Subject: Leave It to Roll-Oh
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *****. Weirdness: *****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****. Also available on Lifestyles USA, Vol. 1.
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